What do home buyers want in 2015? For clues, take a look at the top-selling designs of 2014 from the house plan subsidiaries of Hanley Wood, BUILDER’s parent company. Several things stand out: first, the list is pretty similar to last year's, though four of the plans have changed (the new ones are markedly smaller than those they replaced), showing that certain plans tend to resonate with buyers. Mixed materials adorn many of the exteriors. Inside, open floor plans, spacious kitchens, and first-level master suites were the norm. 

Note: Because of the large selection of plans offered and sold, the best-seller list represents a very small sample of overall sales. Data is taken from the twelve-month period prior to November 2014.

1. Five Years at the Top

For the fifth year in a row, this 2,091-square-foot design outsold all others (twice as much as the number two plan, in fact). Likely factors in its popularity include the appealing stone-and-shingle exterior, inconspicuous angled garage, and open layout that prioritizes kitchen space. Outdoor living features include a BBQ porch and lanai. See more images and details.